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February 21, 2007

Black Hawk Shot Down Over Baghdad, No Fatalities Reported

Eighth Downing Since January 20

Insurgent forces shot down a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter north of Baghdad Wednesday, but US military officials report all nine persons onboard were recovered safely.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD On CF34-3B1 Turbofans

Says Engine Marking Procedure Led To Fan Disk Failure

Less than one month after a Mesa Airlines regional airliner suffered an inflight uncontained fan disk failure in one of its engines, the FAA has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive requiring operators of the type to perform inspections on their engines.

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Guam TFR: 02.22.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/3606 Issue Date: February 20, 2007 at 2251 UTC Location: Anderson AFB, Guam near NIMITZ VORTAC (UNZ) Beginning Date and Time: February 22, 2007 at 0255 UTC Ending Date and Time: February 22, 2007 at 0505 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/3602: This NOTAM replaces FDC 7/3602 due to a typographical error.

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Proxy Aviation Wins USAF Contract For SkyForce System

SkyWatcher, SkyRaider UAVs Complete Series Of Tests

Unmanned aircraft systems developer Proxy Aviation Systems told ANN this week the company won a contract with the United States Air Force (USAF) to demonstrate the capabilities of its SkyForce Distributed Management System (DMS).

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'Doc' Moves To Its New Home At KS Aviation Museum

Will Be Housed Outdoors Until Temporary Hangar Is Ready

Aero-News has learned "Doc," a restored WWII-era B-29 Superfortress, rolled to its new home Tuesday. The massive bomber will soon be displayed at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

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British Airways Selects More 777s Over A330s

Carrier Goes With Airbus For Narrowbodies

British Airways said its decision Wednesday to purchase four Boeing 777-200ERs to expand its long-haul fleet, instead of going with Airbus's A330, came down to the issue of commonality.

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LoPresti's Fury Will Include Integrated iPod

Man, Those Things Are Everywhere!

LoPresti SpeedMerchants told ANN Wednesday its upcoming Fury single-engine, retractable two-seat aircraft will offer an interesting and innovative piece of technology: a fully-integrated Apple iPod digital audio recorder.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 02.21.07

Cirrus Design's Chris Eichman

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.21.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.21.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- Cirrus Shares Fractional Ownership: 02.21.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Cirrus Design's Chris Eichma

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Aviation Maintenance Mentoring Program To Begin Trial Run

KSU Program Caters Specifically To Women

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University... a Master of Science degree in Aviation Management and Aviation Safety from an ERAU extended campus... four years as a Marine avionics mechanic... and more than 14 years as a mechanic for United Airlines, Raylene Alexander is eminently qualified to start an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) Mentorship Program for women.

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Angel Flight Of Tennessee Receives Grant To Expand Services

Will Extend Network Into Rural Areas

Angel Flight of Tennessee, a non-profit charitable air medical transportation organization serving needy people and their families, will expand its outreach to rural communities throughout the state.

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Final: ANN Names the 2006 Plane Of The Year--GA Piston Twin Category

The Fourth of our Five categorical choices (covering GA Piston Single, GA Piston Twin, SA Experimental Kit, E-LSA Kit, and S-LSA Ready To Fly) for the "Best of Breed" of 2006... a heckuva good year for aviation, is...  The Diamond DA42

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.21.07

An audit finds the FAA needs further progress in filling the controller gap...
Airbus plans to chop 10-thousand jobs in Europe...
...and an uproar over drug testing for outsourced mechanics.<

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 02.21.07

An audit finds the FAA needs further progress in filling the controller gap...
Airbus plans to chop 10-thousand jobs in Europe...
...and an uproar over drug testing for outsourced mechanics.<

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ANN Special Feature: Chris Eichman, Cirrus Design: 02.21.07

Today, Chris Eichman, Regional Director for Cirrus Design, explains how the Cirrus Share program is matching partners in ownership of a new Signature Edition SE-22 Turbo in the Portland, Oregon are

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Plane Crash Mystery Surfaces In Louisiana Swamp

Wreckage May Be From Drug Plane

A businessman stumbled onto something quite unexpected during a recent hunting trip near the Atchafalaya River in southern Louisiana: the wreckage of a small aircraft.

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Virgin Blue Close To Wrapping Up Boeing, Embraer Orders

Flush With Cash, Airline Continues Aggressive Expansion

It could be a shot in the arm for Boeing's lagging order count so far for 2007... as Australia's Virgin Blue announced this week it was close to signing a deal for as many as 13 777-300ER widebody planes the carrier plans to use on new long-haul routes to the US.

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More Plane Delays: Students Stuck On United Flight At Dulles

Flight Home From DC Field Trip Turns Into Another Learning Experience

Are you tired of reading about passengers stranded on airline flights yet? If you are, you might as well skip this next story... as those problems aren't limited to American and JetBlue.

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JetBlue Stock Suffers From Delays

Carrier Announces 'Bill Of Rights'

The planes are flying again, at last... but investors in JetBlue gave the low-cost carrier a sign of their displeasure with the six-day operations shutdown that stranded some 130,000 travellers. On Tuesday, shares in JetBlue lost nearly five-percent of their value.

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French Prime Minister Says Airbus Plans To Slash 10,000 Jobs

German, French Politicos Meet To Ease Crisis

Some details of the stalled "Power8" restructuring program for Airbus emerged Tuesday, as French minister Dominique de Villepin told the Financial Times the controversial plan called for the elimination of some 10,000 jobs -- almost 20 percent of Airbus' worldwide work force.

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Blue Sky Network Intro's Portable D2000MA/MDA For Aviation Users

Satellite-Based Comm Equipment Installs in Less Than a Minute

Blue Sky Network told ANN Wednesday of the expansion to the company's line of aviation products with the D2000MA/MDA.

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Sikorsky Signs MOU For Qatar-Based Tech Center

Would Serve Expanding Mideast Market

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Gulf Helicopters of Doha, Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday to explore establishing an Aviation Center of Excellence in the Middle East region.

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First JPADS Airdrop Over Iraq Deemed A Success

C-130 Crew Drops Rations To Troops Using Advanced Parachute System

Eight aircrew members from the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing's 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron used the joint precision airdrop system (JPADS) for the first time over Iraq February 16, to deliver six 1,200-pound bundles.

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ADG Sets Its Sights On North Carolina For New Development

Aviation Service Center Coming To KAVL

Aviation Development Group of Denver, CO told ANN this week of its plans to develop an aviation service center at Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.21.07)

Aero-Linx!

Need a great illustration of an airplane, clearly labeled, so you can explain -- again -- why planes stay up in the air? This is a good illustration; maybe they'll get it this time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.21.07): Curtiss OX-5

Aero-Terms!

The Curtiss OX-5 has the distinction of being the first mass-produced aircraft engine in the United States.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.21.07)

"I think it would have been better to take us back to the gate because it was really cramped."

Source: Middle-schooler Amanda Kollar, one of several students who were trapped onboard a United Airlines 767 at Washington's Dulles International for six hours Sunday due to a snowstorm.

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